University News – November 20

Columbus resident performs in choir concert

A Columbus resident who attends Wheaton College recently participated in a fall choir concert.

Abigail Beerwart, who attends the private co-educational Christian liberal arts school in Wheaton, Illinois, sang soprano in the concert “Singing the Reformation: The Hymns of Luther and Praetorius.”

IUPUC accepts nominations for Folger award

IUPUC is accepting nominations for the 2018 Edna V. Folger Oustanding Teacher award.

Any full-time elementary or secondary school teacher or educator working in a public, private or parochial school in Bartholomew County is eligible to receive the award. Classroom or special education teachers, in addition to certified educators, counselors, counselors and administrators are eligible.

Nominations, which can be made by an individual or a group, should include biographical information, reasons for nomination, letters of recommendation and support materials.

Nomination instructions can be found by visiting the IUPUC Center for Teaching or Learning, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. administration office and in the main office of schools in Bartholomew County.

Nomination forms can be found at The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. Jan. 15.

The award will be presented at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, which is planned for late February or early March. For more information, call Marsha VanNahmen at 812-375-7576 or e-mail

Students, professor present at conference

Two IUPUC students and a professor will present their research on Sylvia Plath at the Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words and Fragments Conference at Ulster University in Belfast, Ireland.

Students Courtney Watkins and Brandi Rund will accompany Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, English professor, to the conference to lead a panel discussion entitled “Teaching and Learning in Sylvia Plath Studies and Women’s Studies: Community Engagement, Digital Humanities and Service Learning.”

In addition to being an English professor, Goodspeed-Chadwick is affiliate faculty in Women’s Studies and director of the Office of Student Research at IUPUC. She received the New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowship from Indiana University, which funded her 2016 sabbatical at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. It allowed her to study artifacts related to Plath, Ted Hughes and Assia Wevill, who are the focus of her current book project.

Rund is the support services team lead, University Information Technological Services, Indiana University and IUPUC. She is a junior at IUPUC, working toward her bachelor’s degree in general studies with a minor in women’s studies, and serves as secretary of the Feminism Club. She won the 2017 Outstanding Woman Leader Award from IUPUI for leadership in technology services and feminist service work.

Watkins is a senior IUPUC student majoring in sociology and minoring in literature and women’s studies. She is president of the Feminism Club and completed an intensive seminar on Plath Studies in 2016, including archival work at the Lilly Library at Indiana University and at Emory University. She produced two community engagement and service learning projects that were finalists for the IU Faculty academy on Excellence in Teaching’s Academy Award in Community Engagement.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or